The Young Women's Leadership Cohort Sets Girls on a Path of Skill Development, Networking, and Breaking Barriers
"For a long time I thought to be a good leader I had to show up every day and be this perfect version of myself and through this cohort I learned that is simply not the case... The best leaders I know are raw, honest, and the first ones to admit when they are having a bad day. I’ve really learned about the power of honesty and integrity and how important it is to be honest about where I am mentally and understanding that one bad day doesn’t make me a bad leader.”
Bella G. '22
Experiential learning is key
There are few other high schools that place such a large emphasis on experiential learning—these experiences are a huge reason why I chose Hun. Watching a live surgery, along with a visit to Penn's animal labs and a research presentation, presented all sides of the medical industry, from administrative to research to clinical. This gives us a significant advantage by helping us find our passions early.
Blane Soper '19
Hun is a moveable feast
Follow your heart in looking for a job as opposed to taking a strictly pragmatic path. If you love your job, you tend to stay with it longer. Hun is a moveable feast that we carry with us all our lives. The caring we experienced there will nourish us forever.
Shawn Tully '66
You will be part of a giant family
The word “hon” is short for the word honey, but sounds like the word “Hun”. Everyone at Hun is sweet and we stick together when we face difficulties. I chose Hun because Hun welcomes you like no other school. The people at Hun make you feel like you are part of a giant family, and everyone will always stick by your side, just like honey.
A day has not gone by where I have not felt welcomed
Hun is a different kind of community, the people here aren't here to beat out other kids in school. Kids are here to make friends, do well, and to set themselves up for the future. Hun has a community that is welcoming and friendly. A day has not gone by where I have not felt welcomed and like something amazing and great would happen that day.
Feel what it is like to truly belong
My family lives in three different countries. Work brought my mom to Indonesia, my dad remains in Korea, and my sister and I go to school here in the United States. The family situation has always been like this, and it works in our own way. However, I have always craved a sense of belonging and togetherness that my family, by its nature, could not provide. Three years ago, on my first day as a boarding student at the Hun School of Princeton, I felt out of place and uncomfortable. I was in a new country, surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and foreign faces. Back then, I could not have imagined that I would find a second family here. Of course, there wasn’t a day when I just declared that Hun had become my family.
The values that constitute a family, such as love, loyalty, and unwavering support and respect for one another, cannot be fully seen at first glimpse. These values reveal themselves to you slowly, through moments and lasting feelings of warmth. When my dog in Korea died freshman year, I met girls from my dorm that I’d never spoken to before, because they came to my room and comforted me until I stopped crying. It did not matter that they did not know me, nor that I did not know them. This is just one of many memories that would follow - some filled with sadness, some with joy, but all precious when looked back upon. Now, when I am back in Korea, I find myself missing Hun, just like I miss my home when I am here. At Hun, you will not only find a sense of belonging, but feel what it is like to truly belong. Everyone who comes here eventually sees that there is a magic about this community that turns strangers into family.